Top brass at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) have announced (12) 10 ten documentaries selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs for first-time feature directors.

The creative teams of the selected films, chosen from a national pool of more than 200 submissions, are currently attending the first week’s sessions – The Time Warner Foundation Completion Labs – that run from May 12-16 in New York.

The Narrative Lab selections will be announced in June.

“With the ability to support filmmakers and their projects over the long-term, the Labs remain one of IFP’s most rewarding and successful programmes,” said IFP executive director Joana Vicente.

“With 80% of previous Lab projects debuted in festivals and released worldwide, the impact of the programme continues to be significant.”

The 2014 labs mark the 10th anniversary edition of the mentorship programme conceived by producer and Filmmaker Magazine editor Scott Macaulay.

The Labs were launched in 2005 as a three-day initiative for eight narrative projects and have evolved into a year-long programme for 20 projects – 10 documentary and 10 narrative – with a focus on post-production, marketing, distribution and audience engagement strategy.

As of 2013, the 156 projects that have gone through the programme include Alexandre Moors’ Blue Caprice, Stacie Passon’s Concussion, Dee Rees’ Pariah (pictured) and Lucy Mulloy’s Una Noche.

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Ford Foundation, Heineman Foundation, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, SAGIndie and Time Warner Foundation support the Independent Filmmaker Lab programme. Lab partners include The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, BMI, and Rooftop Films.

The selected projects for the 2014 IFP Documentary Lab and Lab Fellows are:

The Dream Of The Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Fellows: Woo Jung Cho (Director, Producer, Writer), Cindy Yoon (Producer, Editor); JiYe Kim (DP, Editor). New York, New York

Mad Tiger

Fellows: Jonathan Yi & Michael Haertlein (Directors, Producers, DPs). New York

Man Of The Monkey

Fellows: David Romberg (Director), Èlia Gasull Balada (Editor). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Project Dad
Fellows: Sharon Shattuck (Director, Producer), Martha Shane (Producer), Frederick Shanahan (Editor). Brooklyn, New York

Quest: The Fury And The Sound

Fellows: Jonathan Olshefski (Director, Producer, DP), Tim Fryett (Editor), Christopher Rainey (Music Supervisor). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Romeo Is Bleeding

Fellows: Jason Zeldes (Director), Michael Klein (Producer), Kevin Klauber (Editor). Los Angeles, California


Fellows: Lyric Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe (Directors, DPs). Bronx, New York



Fellows: Zach Canepari (Director, Producer, DP), Drea Cooper (Director, Producer, Editor, DP), Sue Jaye Johnson (Producer). Berkeley, California


The Seventh Fire

Fellows: Jack Pettibone Riccobono (Director, Producer, DP), Jihan Robinson (Producer), Shane Slattery-Quintanilla (Producer, DP), Andrew Ford (Editor). Brooklyn, New York

Very Semi-Serious

Very Semi-Serious goes behind the scenes of the New Yorker and introduces the past, present and future generations of cartoonists who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades. Fellows: Leah Wolchok (Director), Davina Pardo (Producer), Nels Bangerter (Editor). San Francisco, California